Oath of Death (5e Subclass)

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Oath of Death[edit]

A paladin belonging to the Oath of Death strives to keep balance and harmony. Many are said to embody darkness and death itself. They hold themselves to the code of the Oath of the Death to the letter and are widely know to seek out creatures who break the natural cycle of life and death. Their armor and weapons are usually all black depicting death and sometimes contain traces of silver depicting order.

Class Features[edit]

Tenets of Devotion

Though the exact words and strictures of the Oath of Death vary, paladins of this oath share these tenets.
Harmony. You shun chaos, deceit, and killing without a just cause and must show mercy to your foes when necessary.
Balance. When you know of a disturbance in nature or order, you must takes steps to correct the problem.
Cycle of Life. You will not allow the resurrection of those who have fallen, even if they are family, friend, or loved one as everyone must die eventually.

Oath of Death Spells
Paladin Level Spells
3rd protection from evil and good, hex
5th blindness/deafness, darkness
9th nondetection, speak with dead
13th banishment, blight
17th dispel evil and good, antilife shell
Channel Divinity

When you take this Oath at 3rd level, you gain the following two Channel Divinity options.

Forestall Life. As an action, you may invoke the right of death, preventing certain creatures from forestalling their death. Any creature of your choice within 60 feet of you take 1d6 necrotic damage and may not be healed for 1 hour. This damage increases by 1d6 when you reach 5th level(2d6), 11th level(3d6), and 17th level(4d6).

Protection from Death. If you succeed on a death saving throw, you regain 1 hit point.

Shadow Smite

When you choose this oath, you may choose to deal necrotic damage instead of radiant damage with your Divine Smite.

Deathly Aura

Starting at 7th level, creatures of your choice within 10 feet of you take 1d4 necrotic damage at the start of your turn. This damage may not be reduced in any way. At 18th level, the range of this aura increases to 30 feet and the damage increases to 1d6.

Unnatural Composure

Starting at 15th level, you are able to sustain yourself with magic for long periods of time. You gain the following benefits.

  • You no longer require food or water.
  • You can go one week without rest.
  • You have advantage on Constitution saving throws from magic.
Deathly Presence

Starting at 20th level, as an action, you can emanate an aura of heavy shadows around yourself. For 1 minute, your aura flairs out around you, protecting you from harm while hampering other creatures. At the start of your turn, you gain temporary hit points equal to your paladin level. Also, any creature that starts their turn with 10 feet of you has disadvantage on Constitution saving throws from magic and has their movement speed reduced by half rounded down until the start of their next turn. You regain use of this feature after you finish a long rest.


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